The BNSF railway currently carries nearly 65 trains daily on the double-track mainline railroad through the subarea, resulting in at least 3.5 hours per day that each of the at-grade railroad crossings is blocked to vehicular traffic. Combined, these two crossings have one of the highest exposure ratings across Nebraska.
The Railroad Transportation Safety District (RTSD) is leading the charge to make travel in this vicinity safe and efficient for all transportation types. The first step in doing so was the Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study, which evaluated environmental constraints and potential transportation improvements.
Before making a major financial investment in the transportation improvements, the RTSD and the City of Lincoln want to make sure that improvements in this area also fit the needs of the future of northeast Lincoln by creating a community-consensus built Subarea Plan and Cornhusker Highway Corridor Enhancement Plan.
Future project phases include environmental review, preliminary engineering, right-of-way acquistion, and construction.
Eliminate or reduce the conflict points between trains, vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
Reduce delay for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists crossing the rail corridor.
Accommodate existing and future traffic (Year 2040) to reduce congestion along roadways crossing the rail corridor.
Improve multi-modal connectivity in north Lincoln for vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and bus transit.
Improve mobility across the rail corridor in north Lincoln.